This year, Manitou set out to make some changes in the Oasis line and move to a new name, the Cruise. What lies beneath the quaint “cruise” moniker, though, is some really solid performance and some handling like you would not believe comes from a boat built on pontoons. Hauling over on the wheel at cruise speed is usually not a safe or comfortable thing to do, but with this series, you find you have more cornering and speed through such a turn than you generally get with a bowrider!
High impact “ripped metal” graphics
Sport Handling Package
23” diameter outside pontoons, 27” center pontoon
12 person capacity, 2090lbs
250-hp maximum rated engine
Matching color bezels on dash
Porta-Potti and changing station in lounger endcap
Equipment locker under sunpad
Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP Specifications
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Manitou’s new Cruise series takes much of its design from the Oasis line, yet has added quiet a bit of pizzazz. Ripped metal graphics and vibrant upholstery colors stand out from all the graphics I have seen in the past. The V-toon technology and Sport Handling Package (SHP) aren’t just catchy marketing terms either. These boats actually do handle like a V-hull cutting sharp, tight turns including snappy figure eights with little effort and barely a reduction in speed.
The center tube is 27” in diameter and the two outboard tubes are 23” in diameter. Match that with some keel designs and strakes and you have a pontoon boat with sport boat handling. You get hole shots that you can actually see and feel and get up on top with authority and speed.
Entry gates on the 24 include wide gates so you don’t have to struggle to bring along big items or wheelchairs. Docking lights are built into the fence high so they actually illuminate the slip or ramp at night. The cushions are dense and vinyl leather touch that are scuff, mildew and mold resistant as well as they are easy to clean. The seat bases are roto-molded but with double walls. This allows the speakers and floor lighting to be mounted inside. Typically, base mounted speakers don’t carry sound as well, but the Kicker speakers are in the sandwich which really helps direct the sound better. Most all storage boxes have ventilation, but I bet the dual wall also makes it easier to keep the gear dry and drained as well.
Changing Room on Board
With family or mixed company, changing on board is always a challenge. A changing room on an upscale pontoon boat isn’t new, but what they do is relatively new. Their changing room is mounted in the end of the aft lounger next to the center gate. Most are in the stern eating up much needed storage. You can also have a port-a-potty inside. It’s not bigger, just placed smarter.
Features at the Helm
If you zeroed in on just the helm panel and blocked out everything else, you would swear you were aboard a high-end speed boat. Bezels are color coordinated to the upholstery as well as the Dino tilt wheel with hydraulic power assisted steering. The radio faceplate and switch panel sparkle like a diamond ring due to the highly polished metal. The stereo is Sirius Satellite ready. What makes it even more interesting, fun and versatile is the auxiliary input panel to the opposite side of the wheel. On this side is a cradle for an iPod or MP3 player, input to bridge it to the stereo AND a jack to plug in a flash drive to download up to 1 gigabyte of music into the stereo. That is definitely something I have not seen before.
Below the dash, you do have room to stow some things like the soft side cooler. Inside is the hydraulic steering pump and plumbing as well as wiring harness and board. There is unpainted plywood in here, but it is marine grade and covered under the warranty. The door has pockets in it that will be convenient to stow some charts of your favorite lakes or a book to read while lounging at anchor.
Spacious Seating Arrangement
Aft seating is where everyone will gather for a chat. The lounger wraps around from the center gate to the stern gate and is just as comfortable as the two relaxing loungers in the bow. Additional storage space below the seats insure you have room to bring along enough snacks, store the table that sets up back here and keep the life jackets handy.
The sun pad across the back is large enough for an adult to stretch out. It has a rolled edge bolster to keep you onboard with a 7” safety rail for added security and safety. Lifting up the lid, you find a huge, deep wet locker for storing the tow lines, skis or boards. Below that, are the battery switch, oil reservoir, battery and fuel tank which is accessed through a hatch on the end next to the stern gate. Through the stern gate you have a telescoping swim ladder with high arching grab rails that mean every one should be able to pull themselves on board.
Everyone can stay under cover with the easy to deploy Sunbrella bimini cover. The square frame has quick connects that mean in about one minute you can have it set up, stowed in the boat or dropped down for towing.
In conclusion, I was wowed by the performance of the Cruise series. I am told often that a pontoon is a performance boat, but this is the rare occasion that I can actually agree that it has V-hull type performance and response to the wheel and throttle. Many boaters with a family that want more room, but demand to still have a boat with some guts will like this pontoon!
Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP is 46.2 mph (74.4 kph), burning 21.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 81.38 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP is 30.7 mph (49.4 kph), and the boat gets 2.91 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.24 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 149 miles (239.79 kilometers).
Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP Warranty
Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP Warranty Information
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